City Council to create new role

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By Scotty McDaniel

At Thursday's Shelbyville City Council meeting:

* The first reading of an ordinance creating a new city position of City Engineer/Public Works Director was approved. The position will oversee engineering projects and programs of the city, and direct the policies and procedures of the Public Works department.

* A bid for $21,624 from Country Side was approved by the council for two police crusiers to be purchased.

* Inez Harris, City Clerk/Treasurer for the city, was designated the Applicant's Agent to work with FEMA for financial assistance under the Disaster Relief Act.

* Mayor Tom Hardesty made two proclamations: One refers to Shelbyville's Earth Day celebration that will take place at Red Orchard Park on April 18. The other proclamation notes that Kentucky is the least active state in the country and designates April 18, 2009 as Health & Fitness Day.

* The council approved the appointment of Lisa Hood to the Code Enforcement Board to serve a 3 year term.

* The council approved the appointment of Gene Wright to the Historic District Commission to serve a 3 year term.

* The council threw around ideas regarding a business incentive plan that would benefit new start-up businesses in the downtown business district. The main question that came up was who the city would choose which businesses the incentives applied to. Mayor Hardesty said he would like to get ideas and suggestions from community groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and SMART.